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City: Hood River
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Mar 30, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jul 30th, 2016
Start: Mile marker 1444.8
End: Mile marker 1465.5
Daily Distance: 20.7
Trip Distance: 1,269.9

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Entry Visits: 435
Journal Visits: 62,544
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Guestbook Entrys: 29

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Butcherknife Creek

We were up at 4am in order to get the big miles in before the heat set in. My thoughts about leaving the trail apparently set in concrete overnight and it was a huge relief to have made the decision. My final thought was, "do I care that I won't finish the PCT after section hiking it for seven years, and attempting to thru hike it this year? To at least make it north of Crater Lake to Hwy 138 where I started this whole adventure back in 2009"? I was startled to realize that it was a resounding "NO". It's been an AMAZING adventure, but there are other trails to hike and other things to do, and it's time for me to be reunited with family and move forward. Seasoned Strider decided that she wanted to continue on the trail after Castella where I planned to leave the trail. I texted my husband via the Explorer and stated my plans and he quickly replied that he could pick me up tomorrow out of McCloud at the Ash Camp trailhead. He was totally ready for me to be finished with the trail and was willing to drive down from Hood River tomorrow and pick me up. Wow. Double wow. It's a deal.

We stopped at Deer Creek Spring for a few hours to avoid the heat. Lots of young thru hikers came in to rest, cool off, and get water. Met an interesting guy called Flashdance who was proud of the fact that he has only pooped in the woods seven times his whole PCT trip. He hates pooping in the woods, calls himself "Potty Princess". I thought that was a cool trailname, but he was firm that he wasn't changing his trailname from Flashdance!

We passed a little water source where someone had thoughtfully placed a leaf for water to trickle over to easily fill water bottles. We finished our day at Butcherknife Creek, a lovely flowing water source gurgling past our tents. This was the final night on the trail for me. I would miss the trail, but was ready to go home. I only had a four mile hike out in the morning so would take my time, and maybe even have a second cup of coffee!

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Pacific Crest Trail - 2016 Thru

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org

 

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